Biomembrane SAVER has won the People’s Choice Award for KIJK’s best Tech-idea. This membrane, made from natural components, is able to separate oil from water and is fully recyclable. SAVER was developed by polymer scientists from the research group led by Prof. Katja Loos and researchers from NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.
With no less than 3,600 votes, SAVER 19 left other ideas far behind. In November, KIJK will be paying extensive attention to SAVER.
We have all seen the images of huge oil spills in our oceans. Removing this oil pollution poses a big challenge. Researchers from the UG and NHL Stenden have been working together in a hybrid research group to find a solution. Katja Loos, Chongnan Ye, Rik Brouwer, Renato Lemos Cosse, Vincent Voet, and Rudy Folkersma developed a strong biomembrane made from the organic compound malic acid. The membrane is a so-called super-amphiphile. This means that the material has an affinity for oil as well as water, just like soap. Because of this, it can separate these two components. When the pores of the membrane become clogged, it can be recycled completely, after which the purified building blocks can be re-used to create a new membrane.
During the Nacht van het Wad (Night of the Wadden) and the Nacht van de Nacht (Night of the Night) on 30 October King’s Commissioner for Groningen René Paas will officially launch the Dark Sky Lauwersmeer Telescope. The telescope is the result of a...
Carlijn van Beek has won the 2021 Golden Master Award for her Master’s research. She is Master’s student in Chemistry at the University of Groningen (UG). The award has been granted by the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) since 2009.
The Vikings were active in North America in the year 1021 AD. This now represents the earliest – and only – known year in which Europeans were present in the Americas prior to the arrival of Columbus in 1492 AD. It also represents a definitive point...
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